|1.||precipitation from clouds in the form of flakes of ice crystals formed in the upper atmosphereRelated: niveous|
|2.||a layer of snowflakes on the ground|
|3.||a fall of such precipitation|
|4.||anything resembling snow in whiteness, softness, etc|
|5.||the random pattern of white spots on a television or radar screen, produced by noise in the receiver and occurring when the signal is weak or absent|
|7.||See carbon dioxide snow|
|—vb (often with it |
|10.||to fall or cause to fall as or like snow|
|11.||slang (US), (Canadian) (tr) See snow job to deceive or overwhelm with elaborate often insincere talk|
|12.||be snowed under to be overwhelmed, esp with paperwork|
|[Old English snāw; related to Old Norse snjōr, Gothic snaiws, Old High German snēo, Greek nipha]|
"Also þikke as snow þat snew,The figurative sense of "overwhelm" is 1880, Amer.Eng., in phrase to snow (someone) under. Snow job "strong, persistent persuasion in a dubious cause" is World War II armed forces slang, probably from the same metaphoric image.
Or al so hail þat stormes blew."
[Robert Mannyng of Brunne, transl. Wace's "Chronicle," c.1330]
|snow (snō) Pronunciation Key
Precipitation that falls to earth in the form of ice crystals that have complex branched hexagonal patterns. Snow usually falls from stratus and stratocumulus clouds, but it can also fall from cumulus and cumulonimbus clouds.
Common in Palestine in winter (Ps. 147:16). The snow on the tops of the Lebanon range is almost always within view throughout the whole year. The word is frequently used figuratively by the sacred writers (Job 24:19; Ps. 51:7; 68:14; Isa. 1:18). It is mentioned only once in the historical books (2 Sam. 23:20). It was "carried to Tyre, Sidon, and Damascus as a luxury, and labourers sweltering in the hot harvest-fields used it for the purpose of cooling the water which they drank (Prov. 25:13; Jer. 18:14). No doubt Herod Antipas, at his feasts in Tiberias, enjoyed also from this very source the modern luxury of ice-water."
Overwhelm, overpower, as in I can't go; I'm just snowed under with work, or We were snowed under by more votes than we could have anticipated. This expression alludes to being buried in snow. [Late 1800s]